As one of New Zealand’s biggest human rights issues, family violence will already be impacting hundreds of businesses. In November, the Commission enlisted the support of a number of well-known New Zealand organisations to encourage workplaces to adopt a family violence policy.
The damaging and pervasive effects of family violence extends well beyond the home. Many victims and perpetrators will invariably bring their trauma with them to work and are more likely to be disengaged, less productive and to suffer workplace accidents.
On White Ribbon Day, the Commission released the first of a series of short videos has been released today and features representatives from a range of organisations encouraging others to adopt a family violence policy to help address the harm caused by family violence.
Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says, “By implementing a family violence policy, the cost savings to the business will be truly significant but crucially, for victims, it can be life-changing and life-saving.
“For many, the workplace can be the only safe place to access help and information. We are keen to see all New Zealand businesses equipped to provide that support. Having a family violence policy is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do,” Dr Blue says.
Domestic violence victim support organisation Shine, alongside The Warehouse, ANZ Bank, Countdown Supermarkets, the University of Auckland are involved in the video series and are just some of the organisations in New Zealand that have adopted, or have assisted others in adopting, a family violence policy.
The first video can be viewed here and people can expect to see the remaining videos appearing online over the coming weeks. The follow-up videos will feature representatives from each of the organisations taking part speaking about their own family violence policies, why having a policy is important to them and why other organisations should do the same.
For more information on Family Violence Policies, visit: www.hrc.co.nz/familyviolencepolicy